When it comes to party makeup, it’s fair to say that a good glitter eyeliner is the pièce de résistance. Just a few quick swipes can transform any ordinary look into a megawatt masterpiece in an instant. The only issue with glitter makeup, however, is that there’s a fine line to tread between standout chic and teen-years revisited. While a slick of blinged-up liner is undoubtedly a huge look to covet right now, there’s always a risk it can look a little—shall we say—tween. So, how do you make sure you’re landing on the right side of things? It’s all about the actual glitter you choose.
Grown-up glitter doesn’t need to mean an expensive price tag, but to keep your makeup feeling fresh and modern, it is a good idea to look for fine glitters and shimmers rather than chunky alternatives. If you’re going for a bold color, hunt out high-pigment options so that you’re not left with a washed-out finish. To make things easy and fulfill our glitter liner fix, we tapped two pro makeup artists: Erika La’ Pearl and Jillian Dempsey.
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Here are the best glitter eyeliners to amp up your party look.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Stardust Glitter Eyeliner in Shimmering Gold
You can’t go wrong with a swipe of gold glitter. The shade suits everyone and is an easy way to get maximum impact with little effort. We love this liquid liner from e.l.f Cosmetics, especially since it’s only $4. Dempsey is a fan of liquid glitter eyeliners and recommends using it to draw close to the upper lash line after applying a darker powder shadow and before applying mascara.
J.Cat Rock 'n' Glitz Liquid Eyeliner
If you can’t be separated from your signature black flicks, amp things up with J.Cat’s shimmering Rock 'n' Glitz Liquid Eyeliner, which is packed with light-reflecting sparkle and fast-drying pigment.
Too Faced Glitter Pop Eyeliner in Yes Way Rose
Indulge your rose-gold cravings with this long-wear shade from Too Faced. The clever formula won’t budge all night and simply peels off when you’re done. Genius.
When applying glitter liner, La' Pearl recommends using the tip of the brush along the upper edge of your eyelid as though you are outlining the eyelid. "This allows for maximum precision and makes the eyeliner pop," she says.
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Catcall
Add some glitter to the burgundy eyeshadow trend with the Catcall shade in Urban Decay’s Heavy Metals collection. A megawatt glitter hit and the shade du jour. What’s not to the love? Plus, La' Pearl raves that the water-based formula is buildable and contains super-fine glitters that dry down quickly.
Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Diamond Dust
A great alternative to jet black, this silver glitter eyeshadow from Stila packs a serious statement that will look great on everyone. Use the applicator to apply the product all over your lids or dip a fine tip eyeliner brush to give yourself a fierce cat eye.
Nyx Slim Eyeliner Pencil in Green Glitter
This Nyx glitter eyeliner comes in several glittering shades, but the bright green shade is our top pick for a “suits everyone” look that’s ready to party. When it comes time to apply, Dempsey recommends drawing one very strong line of solid glitter then another line to smudge under or over it—depending on if it is your upper or lower eyelid.
Love a pretty pastel? Try Kiko Milano’s iridescent, cool-tinted liquid liner that's packed with a silver-based sparkle. And if you're trying to wing it, La' Pearl says you can avoid a mess by using concealer alongside the edge to clean it up and create a precise line.
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow
Okay, so you’re not into full-on sparkle, but how about a little golden shimmer? This Laura Mercier eyeshadow stick straddles that sacred space between glitter and metallics for the perfect intro to high-impact shine. And since it features a small tip, it can easily be used to create a chunky liner look.
Be a 10 Be Magnetic Eyeliner in Be Enchanting Blue
Ready to look like you just bathed in a bed of sapphire goodness? This enchanting metallic blue eyeliner will make you re-think why you ever devoted yourself to plain black liner. It's one of La' Pearl's favorites—she says it provides even coverage with "pin-point accuracy that will literally last you all day."
Wish you could transform your favorite matte liner into a sparkly stunner? With this translucent, iridescent shimmer eyeliner topper, you can. Simply apply your favorite regular liner and layer it with this unicorn-inspired shade. Magic!
Black Opal Precision Eye Definer in Toast It
Looking for a subtle glitter that beautifully catches the light? Try Toast It from Black Opal—it adds drama without overpowering, and its formula promises to last all night.